|Ministry recognises gold panners’ importance|
|Monday, 28 May 2012 00:00|
He was addressing delegates at the launch of the Mining Development Fund in Bubi, Matabeleland North province, where several small scale miners received equipment from the fund.
“Our Minister, Dr (Obert) Mpofu has said no more use of that word and he has been supported by his deputy (Gift Chimanikire).”
He said Government was losing a lot of money by criminasing gold panners as they would end up selling the minerals abroad. Minister Mpofu said the law needs not be stringent as it would result in the fiscus losing money as gold producers are being criminalised.
Speaking at the same occasion, Zimbabwe Miners Federation chief executive officer, Mr Wellington Takavarasha lauded the Government for its initiative to incorporate gold panners into the formal system. He said this should mark the end of running battles between the gold panners and the police.